In the countdown to Christmas, there’s a load of festive activities on this weekend to get the whole family in the holiday mood!

FREE Santa Photos at Marketplace Gunghalin – all weekend

Saint Nick has left the North Pole to come to Gungahlin! Bring the whole family along for a free family photo. Don’t forget to bring your own camera with you as there will be no professional photography available.

Santa is also setting aside some time for children with special needs. With no background music, spotlights and wheelchair friendly access, book a time for a Sensitive Santa photo.

Carols by Candlelight 2019 – Sat 14 December

The annual 75th Canberra Carols by Candlelight will be held at Stage 88 from 7:00pm. Auslan interpreters will be signing throughout the evening for members of the Canberra deaf community. Bring a picnic, or enjoy the food and drink available at the event, and enjoy the angelic voices of the Woden Valley Choir. Find more information here. 

Telopea Park – The Pop Inn

The Pop Inn’s pop up wine bar is setting up shop in Telopea Park this Saturday. From 2:00 until 7:00pm, enjoy brilliant local and interstate wines as well and delicious cheese and locally cured meats. Find more information here.

Christmas High Tea at Pialligo Estate – Sun 15 December

Looking for a special way to celebrate the festive season but without all the stress and chaos? Pialligo Estate brings you a beautiful High Tea at the Estate, a way to indulge yourself this silly season and take a break with family and friends! Enjoy the stunning views and festive fun around you, while you catch up with loved ones over a luxurious Christmas themed High Tea. There’ll be decadent Festive cakes, mini pastries, finger sandwiches, scones and more, inspired by your favourite Christmas flavours. Along with freshly brewed quality teas, you’ll be treated with a Christmas cocktail on arrival. Two sittings at 11am or 2pm. Tickets are $65pp. Book now >>.

Champagne by the Lake – Sun 15 December

The House of Bubbles is in Kingston this Sunday afternoon from 2-7.30pm. With some new additions as well as some favourites, select from Champagnes, great local sparklings, Proseccos, beers, cider or soft drink along with snacks with your family and friends. Enjoy the wonderful lakeside areas over a glass or two of bubbles! Please note, this event is card only. Find more information here.

Lantern Making with artist Tom Buckland – Sun 15 December

Join artist Tom Buckland to craft a simple Christmas lantern, decorate it and add it to your Christmas tree! Running from 10:00am to 12:00pm, this is a FREE event that’s suitable for children.